Fruits of Our Labor

“Mom wants us to come over to help pick apples on Monday,” Missy informed me when I asked her what our Labor Day plans included.

“It’s way too early for that, isn’t it?” I replied, refusing to believe it was already time to harvest the Florer Farm apple crop again.Sure enough, after browsing through throwback pictures on Missy’s TimeHop app, we’re right on schedule…picking apples one, two, and four years ago almost to the day on what has become a not-quite-fall family tradition; timing our harvest so that the fruit is edible but not h

We’ve been picking apples and canning quarts of sauce as a family for at least the past five years, and Missy will tell you that she can remember the performing the same methodical tasks when she was younger.

Up to this point, our girls have been involved solely in picking duties, which after 20 minutes they hand off the harvest and go about their playing while grandma & grandpa do the dirty work. However, this year they were finally old enough to have a hands on experience from picking…

…to (watching) the dicing and cooking…

…to straining…

…and canning.

I know I’ve posted multiple times in years past of our apple-saucing adventures (and I know there are some long-overdue beach week recap posts that need to be written as well), but as we begin new journeys, new schedules, and new routines this fall, it’s just fun to look back to see that some things never change.

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

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